A survey launched in Castlebar this week shows that the West of Ireland is attracting highly-skilled professionals with the promise of a better quality of life, career opportunities and lower property prices.

The Galway-Mayo Relocation Survey was carried out by recruitment company Collins McNicholas in conjunction with IDA Ireland.

Almost 200 people who have recently relocated to Mayo or Galway were interviewed for the survey - almost half of whom came to the West from outside of Ireland.

85% have either moved into a similar or more senior role that the job they held before moving.

When asked about their reasons for moving West, 91% cited a better quality of life while 60% wanted to be closer to family and friends.

Other factors were career opportunities, lower property prices, a safer environment, reduced cost of living and less traffic.

Michelle Murphy from Collins McNicholas has been telling Midwest News that, with many companies in the West planning to expand, there are opportunities for highly-skilled professionals to move to this region.

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